Well, it has been a while since my last update - there have been a few mini-crisis this past couple of weeks!
I was initially worried a few days ago because the scale showed that I had GAINED 2 lbs! My thoughts were "REALLY?? HOW can I GAIN weight? I barely have a stomach!" But then . . . well, mother nature arrived for her monthly visit, and I lost the 2 lbs, plus another 2 almost overnight.
As far as eating goes, I am ALLOWED to eat whatever I like. My sleeve would disagree with my doctor and nutritionist, however. Slim (My sleeve's nickname) doesn't like untoasted bread or meat (of all things!!). I can see the bread - after all, it is pretty hard to digest anyway. But the meat could pose a problem. I mean, I'm SUPPOSED to be eating a high-protein, low-carb diet! It's kinda hard to do that when you can't digest the #1 source of protein on the market!! I also can't seem to stomach shakes and protein powders. And I've tried just about every one I can think of on the market! So, I'm eating a lot of beans (and I mean a LOT - I have beans in one way or another at every meal!). I am not sure if I will be able to eat tofu, so I've kinda avoided that. I was eating greek yogurt, but Slim is tired of it (it's easy to get tired of after a while). So, it's beans and nuts and cheese and eggs. I do try meat almost daily. There are some that I can tolerate better than others - steak and shrimp so far are the two I do best with.
I have started a new workout program - Body Gospel. Now, it's in conjunction with a supplement shake program called Shakeology, but since I can't do the shakes I'm just doing the workouts. And I have to say I love it so far! As a Christian, this program is GREAT. I get to workout and worship all at once. I've also been doing a "Christian alternative to yoga" called Praise Moves that I like a lot as well.
So that's what I've been up to lately, now on to the good news!
My mother had the lap-band surgery about 7 years ago. Since then, she has had issues with stalled weight loss, weight gain, and other issues. After speaking with our surgeon (Dr. Frank Veninga, if you're interested!), she has been approved by her insurance to have a revision surgery (band-to-sleeve)! This is very exciting news, and we know that this will solve 85% of her problems with weight loss. Plus, because she won't have to keep returning to the doctor for fills every so often, it will save them money in the long run!
Thanks for taking this journey with me - I will post a new vlog very soon!